When I went through the Red Cedar Writing Project in 2005, I was a teacher of writing who was becoming a writer. At the center of the Writing Project experience is the notion that to teach, one must do. One of the first steps was to own our identities as writers, even though calling myself a ‘writer’ felt as if I was overreaching. That changed on our Writing Marathon day when we adopted the mantra: “Damn, I’m a Writer.” I love that phrase because it encompasses that moment when we move from being afraid of that identity to coming more fully into ourselves as writers.
This summer marked the launch of the Gradhacker website, and I’m proud to report that I’ve been a contributing writer since the first week. I love the Gradhacker community and there are some great posts going up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The only downside to writing on biweekly basis (not to mention all the writing one does as a student) is that my personal blog space has been a tad neglected. I am starting lots of new things this Fall, so that hasn’t helped matters either. I figured I should give myself credit for those other posts, so I wanted to just acknowledge that work in this space, too.
- Grad School made me stupid
- I loved writing this post. It is the closest I’ve come to articulating how I generally feel most days in school. The title is a little misleading: in this context “stupid” is a good thing.
- Google + Grad School = Awesome?
- The best part about writing this post was that Professor Hacker ran a post on the same topic on the same day. I had a lot of fun between the discussions in the two communities.
- Hacking the Digital Classroom with ‘Digital Is’
- I am a HUGE fan of Digital Is. The National Writing Project’s work on digital literacy always impresses me.
- 7 Ways to Survive a Lit Review
- All summer I worked on a lit review and the best part about it were the little notes to myself I wrote as I went along for the blog post I knew I would write when I was done. Somehow the fact that streamlining my workflow might turn into a helpful blog post made it more fun. Maybe the 8th tip would be: plan a blog post about your workflow when you finish 😉
- Banishing Impostor Syndrome
- While this post has the least amount of comments on the actual post, I’ve had more messages sent to me privately about this post than any other I have written. It clearly is an unspoken issue for lots of us (and I didn’t just hear from grad students).
- I also repurposed an old post: Mamacademic: how I hack parenthood, grad school, etc
In other news, a book chapter I wrote finally came to fruition. Here I am holding a real live book with my real live writing in it.